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Fort St. Joseph

Fort St. Joseph

Photo by contributor Peter Kotanen - Posted August, 2012

Fort St. Joseph

Photo Source - Wikimedia Commons

Plaque Location

The District of Algoma
After crossing the bridge (Highway 548) from Highway 17
follow the Parks Canada beaver signs along the 37 km drive to
Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site

Coordinates: N 46 03.768 W 83 56.730


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Plaque Text

The most westerly military post in Upper Canada. Built in 1796-99, and garrisoned from 1796 to 1812 by parties from the Queen's Rangers, Royal Canadian Volunteers, 41st and 49th Regiments and 10th Royal Veteran Battalion. It became a noted trading station and resort for Indians. A court of requests was established in 1808. Here Captain Charles Roberts organized the expedition that took Mackinac, 17th July, 1812.

Another plaque at this location
Fort St. Joseph


War of 1812


Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

> Posted July 17, 2012
Just a note to acknowledge the bicentennial, today, of the capture of Fort Mackinac/Michilimackinac. The U.S. would struggle for the next two years to control the Great Lakes during the war. The fort and its island would eventually be returned to the U.S. (as all lands taken in the war were returned to either the U.S. or Canada). By 1875, the island would become Mackinac National Park, only the second national park in the United States (Yellowstone was created in 1872). The fort contained the park's headquarters, but remained an active army post until 1895. When the fort was decommissioned that year, the park was transferred to the state of Michigan, becoming its first state park. -Wayne

> Posted December 11, 2011
There are nearly a thousand national historic sites across the country, but only 167 of them are within the national park system. This is one. Not all sites have a plaque, not even those within the park system, oddly enough. -Wayne

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